Although it is the most densely developed
island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, Providenciales remains
a Caribbean oasis that continues to deliver vacationers from the
wear and tear of everyday life, despite its now near-urban vibe.
Regent Palms Turks and Caicos, an oasis in its own right, on Grace
Bay Beach, takes that sense of escape a few steps
elegance of the Regent Palms, called the Palms Turks and Caicos
until Regent took it over a year ago, recalls the aesthetics and
architecture of a bygone era, according to Diderik Van Regemorter,
the resort's general manager.
begins at the resort's coral stone entrance and open veranda, which
serves as the check-in area, and the formal gardens
Facing the veranda
is the Mansion, the resort's epicenter and the location of Parallel
23, a restaurant that serves three meals a day as well as afternoon
tea and cocktails.
buildings, configured in a semicircle flanking the infinity pool
and swim-up bar, house the 72 guest suites at the
units feature Viking appliances, marble floors, mahogany furniture,
spa tubs and queen-size beds with 400-thread-count, Egyptian cotton
The suites are so
comfortable that guests may find it hard to leave. In fact, they
don't have to: The resort can arrange in-room chef
service, with advance notice, and the on-site spa can provide a
massage for two on guests' terraces.
oceanfront rooms are the most desirable, "there really is not a bad
seat in the house," according to Van Regemorter.
Large windows give
an airy, open feel to the rooms, and the resort, much like
surrounding resorts, is built low so that the ocean views are
The spa experience
The Regent Palms'
spa is a Zen-like delight, built of coral stone and travertine in a
simple, elegant design.
A central pool area
is flanked by 16 treatment rooms housed in freestanding buildings
that reflect the aesthetics of the resort design.
Guests enter the
spa through dressing rooms that offer a steam room, a sauna and an
attendant who provides towels, water, fresh fruit and
Pilates and yoga
classes take place daily in the studio facing the spa's water
garden. A fitness center with a range of free weights, weight
machines and aerobic equipment is located in the spa complex, as
well. Although the center is small, crowding and waiting appear to
be rare occurrences.
Rounding out the
spa experience is a full-service salon, which also sells spa
products used in the various treatments.
Sara Thatcher, the
spa director, is fine-tuning the facility by adding a barber shop
where men can enjoy a straight-edge shave while watching sports on
a flat-screen TV.
Also, six more
treatment rooms have been added alongside the existing spa. Winding
walkways and tropical flora guide clients to these
The design of this
area, not as formal as the main spa area, offers a more casual
The units have been
designed with special wooden "boxes," which are an integral
component of the spa's signature Zareeba, an indigenous island
treatment that enables guests to experience herbal steam, cleansing
and detoxification rituals in private enclosures.
includes inhaling aromatic steam from a blend of therapeutic herbs,
followed by a cooling wrap and a body massage.
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